County Seeks Community Help Identifying Centenarians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2019
Matthew Davis, Sr. Management Analyst and Public Communications Officer
(707) 784-6111 | MADavis@SolanoCounty.com
County seeks community’s help identifying centenarians
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Board of Supervisors will host the 13th Annual Centenarian Commemoration on Tuesday, September 24, and they need your help identifying these individuals.
“We recognize that anyone who lives to 100 years and older definitely has some well-earned wisdom to share with the rest of us,” says Erin Hannigan, District 1 Supervisor and Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. “For more than a decade now the Solano County Board of Supervisors has been honoring our most senior residents, as they are living beacons of life and vitality in our community.”
To date the Board has honored more than 140 centenarians in Solano County, the oldest of them, Marie West, reached super-centenarian status in January, 2011. Super-centenarians are those individuals that who have reached the age of 110 years or older, which only occurs at a rate of about 1 in 7 million people – with an estimated 60-70 super-centenarians currently living in the United States.
“The Board of Supervisors needs everyone’s help identifying centenarians living in our community, as we want to honor them,” says Hannigan. “While not every centenarian may want to participate in a gala event – we still want to capture their stories and acknowledge how they’ve touched our community.”
Working in cooperation with the Senior Coalition of Solano County, the annual Centenarian Commemoration is a way to capture and share the stories of some of Solano County’s oldest residents, bringing attention to some of the issues facing the senior population.
The 13th Annual Centenarian Commemoration will be held at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Board Chambers of the County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street in Fairfield.
CONTACTING THE COUNTY ABOUT CENTENARIANS
If you know of a centenarian, contact Elizabeth Gallardo, Health Education Specialist at (707) 784-2286 and ERGallardo@SolanoCounty.com. Please contact Ms. Gallardo by or before Friday, September 6 to ensure time to meet with and interview centenarians. Names are requested even if the centenarian is unable to attend the ceremony